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Published on 20 Jun 2022 4:10PM ·
SRI Lanka closed schools and halted all non-essential government services today, beginning a two-week shutdown to conserve fast-depleting fuel reserves as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) opened talks with Colombo on a possible bailout.
The country of 22 million people is in the grip of its worst economic crisis after running out of funds to finance even the most essential imports, including fuel.
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